While there are still a few weeks remaining in the fantasy football season, the waiver wire options for Week 9 are very thin. Despite the lack of elite talent, there are still players left on the board for you to pursue.
Injuries and bye weeks continue to take their toll on fantasy football teams across the world, so players that finally broke out—like Titus Young, an underperforming star projected to do well in 2012—must find their way onto your roster.
All of the following players aren’t safe bets, but the waiver wire isn’t always about playing it safe. These risks are worth taking, though.
Kendall Wright, WR, Tennessee Titans
As much as fantasy owners want to stay clear of everything Tennessee Titans, grab rookie wide receiver Kendall Wright as soon as possible. While you won’t likely get a huge game, his consistency is exactly what you want from a late-season waiver wire pickup.
Wright has amassed at least four catches in six games this season and has added three touchdowns as well.
As the Titans learn to trust their rookie receiver with each passing game, fantasy owners should expect more and more targets. While there are other big-threat options on the waiver wire, none offer the upside and consistency of Wright.
Daniel Thomas, RB, Miami Dolphins
Reggie Bush will always hold the right to be the Miami Dolphins' primary back, but as injury concerns continue to rear their ugly head for the veteran, the team will lean more on young back Daniel Thomas.
While Thomas still doesn’t have the yards-per-carry average (3.0), fantasy owners would love to see if the young back is ready to challenge for the starting job. His tough between-the-tackles style has made him the go-to redzone back.
With three touchdowns in the last four games Thomas has played, the young back is the goal-line vulture fantasy teams need in a flex spot for a one-to-two week stretch. This is a Week 9 short-term fix.
Titus Young, WR, Detroit Lions
With the season-ending surgery to veteran wide receiver Nate Burleson, the Detroit Lions have looked to young star Titus Young to be the slot receiver that steps up in the veteran's absence.
After catching 15 passes for 181 yards and two touchdowns over the last two weeks, it is clear that QB Matthew Stafford and the Lions' coaching staff have serious confidence in Young. He will be looked to often as Calvin Johnson continues to face double coverage.
If Young continues to be the team’s No. 2 option, there is no doubt that he will be the best fantasy waiver wire option for both Week 9 and for the long-term success of your team.
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